Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 2 years
Grading: Grade 4 (starts at £2,483 net monthly) or Grade 5 (starts at £2,676 net monthly)
Closing Date: 4 February 2020
Reference Number: EBI01579
Ensembl-HAVANA produces a reference gene annotation for human and mouse used around the world. We are recruiting a genome annotator to support our continuous efforts to improve understanding and representation of genes within those species as part of the Ensembl and GENCODE projects. Accurate identification and description of the genes in the human and mouse genomes provides the foundation for high quality analysis of data informing both genome biology and clinical genomics. There are currently two years of funding for this position.
Tasks for this position will include work to:
- Interpret genomics data and published literature to give the best possible representation of genes and transcripts
- Develop guidelines, workflows and documentation for the interpretation of genomic data
- Work with bioinformaticians and software developers in the team to improve annotation tools, access to data, storage of annotation and representation of data in public resources
- Liaise with other genome annotators, as well as internal and external collaborators to improve annotation outcomes and usability
The genome annotator will work within Ensembl-HAVANA at EMBL-EBI as part of the Vertebrate Genomics team which is a world leader for integration, annotation, analysis and presentation of genomic data. This environment provides access to an international collection of projects at the cutting edge of human genomic research.
You must hold a BSc, MSc or equivalent experience in Molecular or Cell Biology, Genetics, Genomics or related fields. A PhD is not essential but would be an advantage.
The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, scientifically curious, show initiative, have knowledge of the biology of gene expression and sequence alignment. Any experience with eukaryotic genome annotation would be advantageous. Skill in delivering a high-quality product with excellent attention to detail and within fixed deadlines is essential. Excellent verbal and written communication, and interpersonal skills are a prerequisite as are problem solving skills, and the desire to learn and improve.
Why join us
At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind.
Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good.
As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 27 member states and two associate member states.
We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 850 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.
EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation. For more information about pay and benefits click here.
We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.
If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.
What else you need to know
To view a copy of the full job description please click here.
To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.
EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels.
Appointment will be based on merit alone.
Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.